WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran who retired in 2017 at the rank of Commander, issued the following statement today.
“Eighteen years ago today, I was standing watch in the reactor plant aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN in Norfolk Naval Shipyard. As news began to trickle down to us of the horrific attacks, I couldn’t wrap my head around what had happened until someone said ‘we are at war,’” Congresswoman Luria said. “These words resonate with every woman and man in uniform. That night, I tore up the letter of resignation I had recently written and spent the next 16 years fighting that same war. Never forget those innocent lives lost that day and the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who have given their lives since to protect our freedom.”